Residents fear Buc-ee’s may force them to move

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Residents in a Texarkana, Texas mobile home park have been informed that Buc-ee’s convenience store may soon occupy the property they live on.   

Residents at Northgate Mobile Home Park received a letter from the park’s general manager stating there’s a chance, they may soon have to move.

The letter states, “On May 30, 2018 Luxury Lodges of Texas, Inc., the parent company of Northgate Park, signed an option agreement with Buc-ee’s Ltd for the sale of the property.  Buc-ee’s has 270 days (about 9 months) to complete a feasibility study and decide if they intend to go through with the purchase.  If we receive a formal notification that they intend to purchase the property then we will start the process of closing the park.  Texas state law requires that we give our residents six months notice that the land is being sold for an alternative use and that their homes must be removed from the property during that time.  IF Buc-ee’s does decide to buy the property, then, at that time, we would give you your six month’s notice.”

The letter worries many of the park’s residents.  72 year-old Dana Massey said she’s lived in the park since 2002.  “The cost it’s gonna require to move is gonna be  anywhere between four and ten thousand for each one of us out here,” she said.  Resident Barbara Williams added, “You have 90 year-old people out here, you know. Who’s gonna move these people?”

Twelve-year resident Teresa Miller said she never thought of leaving her peaceful community.  “When you have neighbors that have been here thirty years, and twenty-eight years, and twenty years, you just have to assume that you’re gonna be able to stay also,” she said.

Some want Buc-ee’s officials to come talk to them.  Williams said, “Why was this particular area picked?  That’s what I want to know.  If they can come in and give me a reasonable answer, I’d be satisfied.”  Massey said, “You think you’re think you’re gonna be living here until you die … it’s just something that we don’t want to have to face.”

The park’s general manager declined to comment for this story.  We also reached out to Buc-ee’s corporate headquarters for comment but our calls were not returned.

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